Whenever we hear the word elixir it makes us think of some sort of magical potion, and when we hear the term “DIY”, we know that it will most likely be economical. Here we have both in this DIY collagen elixir, to help firm the skin and lessen wrinkles. It is certainly not that there are not enough products on the market that make this claim, however, they are all pretty pricey and difficult for the average person to get their hands on. But this elixir is one you can make for yourself at home. Does it really work? Well, like the others, it’s not a miracle product. You must eat well and take good care of your body as well, in order to lessen wrinkles in your later years; but since it’s a DIY project, it is worth a try.
So, what is collagen and how does it help our skin?
Collagen is a protein found in just about every part of our bodies; it is our most abundant protein. Collagen exists in our muscles, bones, skin, and even our blood vessels. When it comes to our skin, collagen is vital to the strength, elasticity, and the renewing of our skin cells. With age, the collagen’s process of firming and replacing dead skin cells, even the collagen within our joints, slows down, which explains a lot of joint pain as we get older, and of course, explains the sagging and wrinkling of the skin.
Some years ago, researchers and physicians didn’t think that drinking any form of collagen would work to reduce wrinkles. They reported that the body would too quickly use the collagen drink as energy and therefore the skin would never receive the benefits. However, these ideas have recently changed. A study reported in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology in 2015, showed that drinking collagen does firm the skin and lessen wrinkles and that the results lasted approximately 12 weeks.
Here is a simple home recipe that claims to do the same as the collagen elixir did for the study participants:
Blueberry, Pineapple, and Collagen Peptide Elixir
You can drink this elixir for breakfast or after your exercise workouts.
2 cups of coconut water
1/4 cup of diced pineapple, preferably organic, fresh or frozen
1/4 cup of organic blueberries, fresh or frozen
2 scoops of a collagen peptide, for example, the Vital Proteins brand of grass fed pasture raised peptides
Blend fruit and coconut water until smooth
Then add the 2 scoops of collagen peptide and pulse into it is fully incorporated into the mixture
Coconut water will add ultimate hydration. The pineapple give a great boost of vitamin C and the blueberries are a great source of antioxidants that help to fight off the signs of aging.
photo credit: Natural Living Ideas